WIAW: Back On Track

G’day eaters!

It’s Wednesday. I’m exhausted and the hard part of my week hasn’t even started yet.

How are you doing?

Ha! Sorry to complain. I’m adjusting to having two jobs (I’ll tell you more about that eventually) and still trying to figure out how to fit the rest of my life around them, so I’m a little worse for wear right now.

I’m especially worse for wear because, after a few too many days of a few too many treats and a little too little movement, I’m trying to tighten up my healthy intentions again. And I don’t care how healthy you eat or how hard you workout, getting back on track after a little detour is always hard.

It’s especially hard when all you want to eat is pizza and cake and a job that makes you especially sedentary.


Scrambled eggs with leeks and apples with cinnamon and pb.

Scrambled eggs with leeks and apples with cinnamon and pb.

I had leftover leeks that needed using and I figured they would add enough flavor to my eggs to make this very healthy, but very over-eaten breakfast more palatable. I also added some cinnamon to my apple for the same reason.


Leftover moo shu vegetables and sweet and sour chicken.

Leftover moo shu vegetables and sweet and sour chicken.

Not the healthiest (with the deep fried sweet and sour chicken), but the moo shu vegetables weren’t too bad a choice.

I followed this up with lots and lots of mints, because this was a little stinky for an office lunch.


Half an apple and pb with a GNC wheybolic protein shake to fuel me through my workout.


We did a burpee ladder yesterday and it was a surprising ass kicker.

The ladder goes: 1 burpee, 1 breath, 2 burpees, 2 breathes, 3 burpees, 3 breathes, etc. all the way up to 10 and back down. (You, of course, could breathe as much as you wanted while performing the burpees.)

I really thought it would be easy, because I can easily do 10 burpees in a row, but the breathing part kicked my ass. My body wanted to breath fast and shallow, but to maximize my rest time, I wanted to take slow and deep breathes.

I was fighting a losing battle.


Homegrown lettuce with bell peppers, cucumbers, radishes, and steak.

Homegrown lettuce with bell peppers, cucumbers, radishes, and steak.

I really wanted a frozen pizza, but we had a ton of homegrown lettuce that needed to be eaten up and, ya know, frozen pizza isn’t really the healthiest meal.

I compromised with myself by saving that if I got hungry after dinner I could have dessert — vanilla pound cake with vanilla Greek yogurt and berries — but I never got hungry.

So I ended up with a pretty damn healthy day. I managed to resist the candy dish full of peanut M&Ms, too.

In a couple of days I know that my cravings for junk food will pass and I’ll be back to my usual 75/25 (or 80/20, if I’m feeling ambitious) balance. But until then, I’ll keep chugging water and reminding myself that no one has ever died from not eating enough candy.

Your turn, eaters:

How do you handle cravings?

Tell me about the last workout you did that was a surprise ass kicker.

Later eaters!

WIAW: Lots of Eggs

Hello eaters!

It is Wednesday, right?

I didn’t do anything on Monday and will work on Saturday, so I keep forgetting what day it is. But I keep seeing lots of WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) posts going up, so I’ll follow the crowd.


Scrambled eggs with asparagus and a plum with peanut butter.

Scrambled eggs with asparagus and a plum with peanut butter.

I promise I didn’t plan to eat two of my favorite seasonal foods right after I posted about them. But they were delicious (though that plum would have been better with sunflower butter rather than peanut butter).

Oh, and I added a couple of dollops of spicy mustard to my eggs before I scrambed them for some extra flavor.


Zucchini noodles topped with a couple of fried eggs.

Zucchini noodles topped with a couple of fried eggs.

Leon and I keep thinking that our fridge is over flowing with things, but in reality we have a ton of produce, a few random leftovers, and almost no protein. Hence why I’m eating eggs two meals in a row.

I also had a few bites of leftover carrot cake from this weekend.



Row row row my ass.

I drank a protein drink — chocolate GNC Wheybolic protein — and then came so closed to puking it up during this WOD.

We got to choose between running or rowing and I would have run, but after a warm up of 10 minutes of jump roping I knew my shitty shins couldn’t handle it.

Honestly, I don’t know which was better. I wanted to die many times throughout those 5,000 meters.


I feel like it’s been raining for weeks straight, so Leon and I were thrilled to get to grill last night. We split this big plate of grilled vegetables.

Mixed grilled vegetables.

Mixed grilled vegetables.

And this giant chicken breast.

Grilled barbecue chicken breast.

Grilled barbecue chicken breast.

Fyi, we buy whole healthy chickens from Earth Fare and then Leon butchers them. Not only are they cheaper than at Whole Foods (and way cheaper than buying bags of chicken breasts), but they’re also much bigger from Earth Fare. This was, by far, the biggest breast we’ve ever gotten.


A few beers with a friend, because I’m still in denial a bit that I’m done with college.

And I was home before midnight. Man, do I love getting a full night sleep.


Charlie thinks our king sized bed is his. It's a constant battle.

Charlie thinks our king sized bed is his. It’s a constant battle.

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of Leon and I bringing Charlie home. I can’t believe it’s been a year.

Oh, has it been a wonderful year. I want to do a whole post about what having a dog has changed for us, but I think I’ll save that for his birthday.

Your turn, eaters:

How much sleep do you get a night? How much would you like to get?

What’s one thing that you always have in your fridge?

Later eaters!


G’day eaters!

So you guys (and girls! I know that the majority of you are of the lady persuasion and I am trying to be more conscious of my rhetoric) know that I’m a #Fitfluential ambassador, right?

Well, besides Fitfluential and all the other ambassadors being a constant source of inspiration to put down the Mike & Ikes (btw, what’s up with the riff between Mike and Ike? Is that some weird marketing ploy?) and do something not lazy, they also show me a constant stream of products designed to make my life easier, healthier, and all around better.

And the latest products designed to make me perkier, stronger, and sexy-slim (as opposed to weird, extra bony slim) are FRS drinks!

There are four types of drinks — Healthy Energy, Healthy Slim, Healthy Defense, and Healthy Protein — plus Healthy Energy drink powder, and Healthy Energy soft chews and hard candies.

Quite the product line, right?

After having tried them I can say, hands down, that my favorites were the protein drinks!

The protein drinks come in two flavors — Orange Cream and Blueberry Acai — and o’m’gah, they are tasty.

The Orange Cream tastes exactly like a melted creamsicle with only the slightest tiny bit of that weird medicinal orange-y taste (though, disclaimer, I am HYPER sensitive to that medicinal orange taste from a childhood of eating giant chewable vitamin C tablets). Seriously, I contemplated freezing them in the whimsical ice cube trays I got for Christmas to make Titanic-shaped protein popsicles.

And speaking of doing weird things with protein drinks…

I kinda think the Blueberry Acai flavor could be good with some vodka. Is that weird?

Probably, but I was drinking one after a particularly intense Crossfit WOD last week and totally thought that it could use a splash of vodka. Ya know, to balance out the carbs of alcohol. That could have been the handstand push-ups talking, though.

But even without vodka, the Blueberry Acai drink is tangy and a little sweet and a very welcome departure from the usual vanilla/chocolate protein drink.

Which brings me to my next point: these protein drinks pack a ton of protein.

I have a strict minimum of 20g of protein for a workout and since these drinks each have 25g they are perfect (especially for those times when I’m too lazy to wash my blender bottle or forgot to wash it for a day or two and it smells really bad).

So while I did like all the other drinks, especially the cherry limeade energy drink, which definitely tasted like those Sonic drinks, they were a bit high in sugar for me (with the Healthy Energy drinks clocking in at 20g sugar). The Healthy Slim drinks are significantly better on the sugar front, but the protein drinks were still my absolute favorite.

And now for the answer you’ve all been waiting for: Would I spend my own money on them?

Yup. I wouldn’t necessarily do it too often, because ~$3 a bottle is a bit pricey, but I would buy them. And then I’d add vodka to most of them, because in my world most fruity drinks are just screaming for vodka.

Don’t judge me. I could be a visionary.

Your turn, eaters:

What’s the most you would pay for a drink, including fancy Starbucks drinks?

What’s something weird you do/want to do with your food?

Later eaters!

Disclaimer — I was provided these products in exchange for my review, but the opinions here are honest…ly my own. 

Paleo Cookie Cake

Hiya eaters!

I could talk about how terrible the massacre in Connecticut was. I could talk about how unbelievably gut wrenching the idea of someone killing dozens of completely innocent children is. But, I’m not going to.

I’m much more of a fan of doing extra living in times of tragedy.

And luckily, this weekend I got to do lots of living because a bunch of friends rented a lake house for the weekend.

We ate lots of pizza.

Drank far too much.

Lounged in a hot tub.

It was fantastic!

And now I’m detoxing from all the fun by drinking liters of water and eating a massive salad.


But if you aren’t detoxing from beer Olympics and eating two pizzas in one day or if you’re still looking for some festive living, here’s that paleo (I think) cookie cake recipe I teased you with on Wednesday.

Possibly Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

First, is agave paleo? I’ve got no clue. Second, this can definitely be paleo if you want to splurge on egg protein instead of the more common whey protein. I know GNC has AWESOME egg protein.

Also, this was adapted from this Purely Twins recipe.

1 ½ c almond flour

½ c vanilla protein

½ t salt

2 eggs

3 T agave

½ c coconut oil

½ c apple sauce

1 T vanilla extract

large handful of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or carob chips

a few shakes of rainbow sprinkles

Mix the dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl. Mix all the ingredients together.

Grease an 8”-9” cake pan and bake in a 350F oven for 20-23 minutes.

Once the cake has cooled slice it up and dig it.

I suggest slicing it into 6 pieces because this cookie cake just happens to be perfectly Zone balanced at 12 total blocks, meaning that you can easily enjoy a 2 block slice.

And if you’re feeling extra festive I suggest mixing a little bit of honey and vanilla with some Greek yogurt to make icing.

Because what’s cookie cake without icing?

So here’s to living a little more in the face of realizing just how lucky we all are to be living.

Your turn, eaters:

What’s your favorite style of cake — cookie, traditional, or ice cream?

What’s your favorite part of the cake — cake or icing?

G’night eaters!

WIAW: Heavy Cream for Survival

Hiya eaters!

As you read this I will either be speeding down the highway (but not more than 5 miles above the speed limit because speeding is bad, right Papa?) on my way to the Dirty Dirty (AKA my hometown of Macon, Georgia) or I’ll be sitting at the kitchen counter, eating chips and salsa with my mom while some crappy Bravo TV show plays in the background.

Either way, I’ll be super freaking happy!

I haven’t been home since April and I haven’t seen my mom since…the very end of May when she drove up to drop off furniture.

And then on Saturday I’m going to have fun times with my absolute best friend, Coco!

Can you tell I’m super freaking jazzed?

Because I am!

But since I’m writing this at my kitchen counter wearing my dry workout clothes (because I was too slow to make it to Crossfit on time) with a very empty suitcase waiting for me in my bedroom, I’m going to make this snappy!

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats
Breakfast #1:

Carrot and pb.



As I mentioned yesterday, Crossfit sucked. BUT I worked hard the entire 30 minutes of the AMRAP, so I can’t be too upset.

Breakfast #2:

Scrambled eggs with Swiss chard and "spicy salad mix" with cheese, and a Clementine.

I know I said I was getting sick of this breakfast, but it was almost good yesterday with a switch in greens and a little cheese.

Also, first Clementine of the season.


A Pure Protein bar I swiped from Papa. (Thanks!)

I ate breakfast late and had work from 1-5, so there was never a good time to eat again. I grabbed this bar and ate it at work.

Snack #2:

A cheese-stuffed burger patty with A1 sauce wrapped in a Swiss chard leaf, and a few animal crackers.

My stepmom gave Leon and I a big bag of leftover cheese-stuffed burger patties from the party and I have been loving them in these little greens wrap/glove.


A half eaten "tostada" thing — blue corn tortillas, Trader Joe's black bean dip, peppers and onions and hot peppers, ground beef, and Wholly Guacamole.

This dinner ended up being rather traumatic because I apparently got the vast majority of the hot peppers. That would have been fine back in the day, but my heat tolerance has dropped dramatically. And then a big hunk of hot pepper hit me right in the back of the throat and I was almost down for the count.

But then I remember that we had some heavy cream in the fridge, so I chugged a bit of that. (Which was gross, especially after having not drank straight dairy in close to a decade.)

A shot glass for heavy cream.

I thought I was fine after that, but the peppers kept coming so I ended up with a shot glass of heavy cream to sip on.

Yup, I am in fact winning at life. Thanks for asking.


I shoveled some chocolate chips straight into my mouth. They were tasty.

The end.

Your turn, eaters:

How high is your heat tolerance?

What’s your favorite kind of green?

Later eaters!

WIAW: Cheesy

Hellooo eaters!

I’m smack dab in the middle of another busy day and I’m trying to keep myself pumped up and going.

Ya know, #SoProductiveItHurts.

So let’s do this…

Breakfast #1:

Self explanatory.

Do you know what this means?

It means I finally bit the bullet and went to Crossfit at 6:30am on a day when I worked 10am-3pm and then went to class from 4pm-8pm. And I’m so glad I did because…


I don’t remember anything about Crossfit yesterday except for the fact that I DID KIPPING PULL UPS!

I did several pairs of kipping pull ups. And I was so shocked and excited when I got that first one that I almost jumped down off the bar.

It was freaking awesome!

Breakfast #2:

Savory oats with spinach, cheese, chia seeds, and a fried egg.

Can you tell that my fridge is getting bare?

Oh well, this was tasty and pretty darn close to Zone balanced.

Snack #1:

A carrot with sunflower seed butter. Half a cheese on rye sandwich. Assorted Jelly Bellys.

I didn’t get to take my break and eat my snack until much later than I had hoped, so I went with the carrot and sunflower seed butter and DIDN’T scrape the container clean in hopes of not ruining my appetite for lunch.


Leftover seitan chili with cheese.

Leftovers are my favorite, especially when I can use someone’s microwave to heat them up.

Ya, I don’t have a microwave.

Snack #2:

After my second cup of coffee and my first class I scarfed down my mini cheese on rye sandwich with a side of Jelly Belly. Then I spent two hours playing with text on Photoshop.


Baked chicken breast stuffed with balsamic Swiss chard, and roasted red and sweet potatoes.

This was already in the oven by the time I got home from school, which was beyond wonderful.


A sliver of cake and an extra hot cup of tea ended my night and warmed me up a bit in my extra cold house.

Did I mention the gas for our heat isn’t getting turned on until Monday? Yeah, this cold business is getting old.

Side note — Did you see how I managed to work cheese into most of my meals/snacks yesterday? I only missed breakfast #1, snack #1, and dinner. Oh, and dessert. Does that make me a winner?

Your turn, eaters:

Do you eat dessert at home?

How many cups of coffee do you drink a day? How many is too many? Same question about cheese.

Later eaters!

WIAW: Without A Fridge

Hiya eaters!

I didn’t blog last night because yesterday was a thoroughly crappy day. And now you get to hear all about it.


It all started on Monday morning when I realized that our fridge wasn’t as cold as it normally was. So I cranked the thermostat down and went on my merry way. Late in the afternoon when I went to reach for a snack (read: peanut butter), I realized it was a little warmer than it had been in the morning. So I cranked the thermostat even further down and went on my merry way. Sunday night when it came time to make dinner I realized that not only had the green beans that I’d bought just days earlier go completely, white-fuzzy-mold bad (a sign of things to come), but that the fridge felt nearly room temperature.

How nearly room temperature was the fridge? Well, we did a little experiment to find out.

We keep our house at 78 degrees. Coconut oil is a solid below somewhere in the 74-76 degree range. So I put the coconut oil that I keep in my pantry in the fridge. I checked back right before going to bed and…surprise surprise…it was almost exactly as liquidy as before, meaning that our fridge was no more than 3 degrees colder than our house.


As you can guess, that negatively impacted my day on Tuesday.


A Really Extra Awesome Smoothie with pb instead of avocado and no greens.

I was going to add spinach to this smoothie, but it had all gone limp and slimy.


A nectarine (which I now realize I don't like as much as peaches), string cheese, and pb.

Have I mentioned that I kind of hate room temperature fruit? And don’t even get me started on room temperature cheese sticks.

(FYI, we did put our ice bucket from the freezer into the fridge, but that didn’t do much good.)


My favorite flavor of Balance bar.

It was easily 2:30pm by this point. I’d barely eaten anything. I hadn’t done anything with my day except try and fail to read for class and buy new fabric for my pillows. (I’ll show you the finished product once I’m done.) AND despite calling my landlord’s office exactly 11 minutes after they opened in the morning, there was still no repairman in sight.

Oh, and every time I opened the fridge I found more things that had gone bad. So I bought a 10lbs bag of ice, threw it in, and vowed not to open the fridge for the rest of the night.


A flavor of Balance bar that I only kind of like.

Yup. Again.


I left for class in quite a mood. Leon said he’d pick something up to cook for dinner, but even that bugged me. So I texted him later asking if he wanted $1 tacos, and luckily he said yes.

I got a chorizo “Mexican style” taco (which means a corn tortilla, cilantro, radish, raw onions, avocado, and lime) and a pastor Mexican style taco. I also ate my weight in chips, queso, and salsa, and washed it all down with a beer.


Sprinkles to the face!

After a day like yesterday, all I wanted were sprinkles. We didn’t have anything to put the sprinkles on (our yogurt went bad), but that didn’t stop me.

So moral of the store is: Don’t sell your mini fridge when you move from a dorm to an apartment.

Also, sometimes things suck. I did the best I could without making it another point of stress, so I don’t feel too bad about the amount of junk and processed crap I ate yesterday.

And today’s another day. Hopefully the repairman will finally come.

Your turn, eaters:

How do you stick to or deviate from your healthy habits when shit hits the fan?

What’s your favorite taco filling?

Later eaters!

Peanut Butter Puppy!

‘Ello eates!

Yesterday I thought I was on such a roll with blogging and work and Crossfit and socializing since posting my Serenity Mantra. But then I had a glass of wine with dinner, fell asleep as soon as I laid down in bed to watch TV, and woke up sometime after 1am to Leon hitting me in his sleep because he was dreaming about protecting us in a post-Apocalyptic city. Thus, I didn’t blog.

But I have found serenity and am moving beyond it.

Breakfast #1:

I forgot to take a picture, but you know what a carrot dipped in pb and half a liter of water look like.


We did Angie on Monday, so I was expecting something more towards heavy lifting yesterday. Nope, we got Fran.

My first Fran.

I did the thrusters with 50 lbs (RX for women is 65 lbs), and did a pull up that was half jumping, half kipping.

Time: 9:52.

I’ll take it!

Breakfast #2:

My Really Extra Awesome smoothie with spinach instead of kale and pb instead of avocado.

We were in need of groceries in a painful way, so I slurped this down while finalizing my meal plan. It actually held me off longer than the Original. And of course, I let Charlie, the pb-loving puppy, lick the dirty spoon.


Have I mentioned that I love leftovers? Yup, I do.

Leftover beef pho.

(Side note — We don’t have a microwave, which is something I never thought I would have been able to live without. For those of you that are maybe thinking of ditching your microwave, would you be interested in a how-to post?)


String cheese and a pluot.

It’s so nice to have food in the house. It’s especially nice when that food was super cheap thanks to sales and coupons.

(The string cheese was originally $4.99 each, but were on sale 2/$7 and then I had a coupon for $3 off 2, so I got 2/$4, which was less than the price of one. Booyah!)


Despite freezing a bunch of squash and zucchini in various forms, we still have a good bit of fresh left to eat through. So I made a small pot of Bolognese sauce and covered some zucchini noodles in it. I would have taken pictures, but spaghetti and sauce isn’t terribly appealing looking.

Thank goodness Leon likes them.

Your turn, eaters:

Do you use coupons?

How often do you use your microwave?

Later eaters!

WIAW: 16 Hour Day

HI eaters!

Today is going to be another very long, very busy day. So I’m trying to frontload it with coffee.

That’ll work, right?

And since I’m busy and tired and stressed today, I figure it’s only fitting that I show you my eats from another day that I was busy and tired and stressed this week.

5:30 am:

Pluot, sunflower seed butter, and half a liter of water.

Fruit and fat works for getting me through an early Crossfit session, so I’m not planning on changing it anytime soon.


GNC chocolate egg protein and half a liter of water.

Skill work was the balance snatch, which for some reason I had a lot of trouble with. The WOD, though, was tons of fun.

5 rounds:

5 deadlifts

5 hang cleans

5 push presses

5 front squats

It was fast and challenging and each round could be done seamlessly, so it was like a game.


Eggs scrambled with some leftover rice and beans from a Qdoba burrito bowl and some chips.

Leftovers are awesome. And I have to say, Qboda’s chips are way better than Chipotle’s. (But everything else of Chipotle’s is better.)


Cracked pepper deli meat, a pluot, and sunflower seed butter.

This came after a minor freakout.

Also add in there some cookie dough and a cookie.

Mama Pea's zucchini chocolate chip cookies.


I took a carrot and a single serve packet of Justin’s Maple Almond butter with me to work, but I didn’t get a picture of either.


Slow cooked beef with lettuce, homemade babba ganoush, and homemade pita bread.

This was waiting for me — with a beer — when I got home. Having a boyfriend who can cook is ah-maze-ing.

By the time I got home from work I’d been on the move for over 16 hours. Today is looking more like 11 hours, which really is a huge difference.

(Side note — I know there are undoubtedly people out there who work 12 and 16 hour days regularly and you totally get my respect.)

Hopefully, I’ll handle the stress a little better.

Your turn, eaters:

What do you eat on days when you’re crazy busy?

How do you keep your energy up for a long day?

Later eaters!

PS — Thanks to Jenn for hosting this link up party, especially when her husband got home from a 7 month leave and she definitely wants to be spending all her time with him.

WIAW: Like A Whore In Church

G’morning eaters!

I feel so refreshed and ready to tackle the day.

I also wish I was drinking this cup of delicious French press coffee sitting on a stool in my kitchen watching Kathy Lee and Hoda get drunk on the Today Show.

A girl can dream, can’t she?

Oh well. Let’s get down to business.

Breakfast #1:

A peach and sunflower seed butter.

The whole produce and nut butter thing is really working for my pre-Crossfit snack, so I’m sticking with it. And since I went shopping Monday we actually have fruit in the house, which has been missing for about a week. That’s a real travesty, especially during the summer when the fruit is so good and so plentiful.


GNC egg protein in my NEW blender bottle.

Yesterday we worked a ton on cleans. I have a love-hate relationship with them. when I nail that nearly perfect one, I absolutely love them. I also absolutely love them when I can feel myself making progress on them. but I hate them every other time.

Breakfast #2:

Two fried eggs over spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and half a pear with sunflower seed butter.

Weird? Yes. Healthy, satiating, and only 2 Zone blocks? You betcha!


365 brand plain low fat yogurt with a bit of GNC chocolate egg protein mixed in and topped with half a peach, a few raw oats, and sunflower seed butter.

I forgot to press my tofu this morning so it would be ready for lunch and I’d already eaten eggs, so I went with the last easily available protein source in the house — yogurt and (GNC chocolate egg) protein powder.

Then when Leon came home from work a few minutes later I ate a slice of Spam.

A slice of Spam, pre-frying.

Yup, don’t ask questions. Just accept it.


S'more Balance Gold bar.

I was somewhere between hungry and bored snacky, so I housed this bar in no time flat. I really need to move my bars to work so they remain purely a work snack.


Hawaiian kabobs with miso quinoa.

Kabobs (which I pronounce “ke-bah-bs”) are such an awesomely easy and balanced dinner, and perfect for summer because they take no time on the grill. And this combination was pretty dang good, so I’ll post the recipe tomorrow (or next week).


A graham cracker with sunflower seed butter in the middle.

I’ve been craving sweets like a whore in church lately.

Except that metaphor doesn’t work. Or maybe it does if you think of a whore in church as inexplicable and unwelcome. Then it makes sense.

So that brings my total fruit count for the day up for almost 2 peaches and half a pear. And my total sunflower seed butter consumption up to four separate sittings.

Don’t pretend you’re not impressed.

Your turn, eaters:

What’s your favorite fruit?

Do you have any tips on how to avoid boredom snacking? I’d love to hear them.

Later eaters!